Viña Ardanza 2007, La Rioja Alta, 12x75cl bottles
La Rioja Alta
|Producer||La Rioja Alta|
|Drinking||2017 - 2027|
Brilliant red. Lively, oak-spiced raspberry and cherry scents are complemented by candied rose and vanilla, with a smoky mineral topnote providing added lift. Sappy and seamless on the palate,...Read More
Notes & Scores
Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media
Brilliant red. Lively, oak-spiced raspberry and cherry scents are complemented by candied rose and vanilla, with a smoky mineral topnote providing added lift. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering juicy red fruit, mocha and coconut flavors plus a suggestion of sweet chewing tobacco. In a graceful, approachable style, finishing with strong, thrust and silky, late-arriving tannins. While this suave Rioja is quite enjoyable now, I'd give it some more time in the cellar so that the American oak is able to integrate with the wine's fruit. 92 Points
Exactly what a traditional, pan-regional blend of Tempranillo from the Rioja Alta and 20%
Garnacha from the Rioja Baja should taste like, this is sweet and aromatic, with beautifully
integrated oak, palate-caressing tannins and notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. Drink 2015-24 94 Points
Luis Gutierrez (Robert Parker)
The 2007 Viña Ardanza Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo with 20% Garnacha, the Tempranillo from 30-year-old vineyards La Cuesta and Montecillo in the villages of Fuenmayor and Cenicero, and the Garnacha from old head-pruned vines at 600 meters altitude in Tudelilla, in Rioja Baja, from plots next to their Finca La Pedriza. Those should soon be mature enough to go into the wine (they were planted in 2004 and they will make it into the Ardanza blend from 2007-2008). The grapes are fermented separately with natural yeasts and the Tempranillo then matured in American oak barrels averaging four years old for 36 months, while the Garnacha matured in second- and third-use American oak barrels for 30 months. The nose is very fresh, with notes of beef blood, iron, cherries in liqueur, some subtle leather and spices plus notes of autumn forest and truffles. The palate is more lively and has some tannins that would feel better integrated with some food or a little bit of time in bottle It was bottled in November 2011. This will be released around September/October 2015, so by the time it hits the shelves it will be more polished. Great value for money. 600,000 bottles were produced. 94 Points
La Rioja Alta is widely recognised to be one of the finest wineries in the region and known for defining the traditional oak-aged style of Rioja. Founded on July 10th 1890 by five families, the descendants are still all important shareholders to this day. Indeed Guillermo de Aranzabal, president of La Rioja Alta, is the fifth generation of his family to work in the business. La Rioja Alta owns four wineries – two in Rioja, one in Rias Baixas and one in Ribera del Duero. Producing around 2.25 million bottles annually as a group (1.4m is sold under the brand La Rioja Alta) the company owns 554 hectares, 392 of which are in Rioja. There are two grounds on which La Rioja Alta remains firmly traditional - it only uses American oak, and indeed makes its own barrels, and also releases its wines comparatively late to other producers having aged them in both barrel and bottle and only putting them on the market once they are ready to drink. The Estate’s most celebrated Gran Reserva is the 890, which is named after the founding date of the winery, and the 904 marks the date when the Ardanza winery was merged with La Rioja Alta in 1904. A company steeped in history, three of the company’s wines are named after members of the founding families – Alberdi, Ardanza and Arana.
The pleasure of the Rioja Alta Wines is that they are released with time in cellar so are all perfectly ready for drinking today, even though of course they are equally age worthy and will happily sit in the cellar for time to come.
La Rioja Alta is one of the most respected Rioja producers and one of my favourites, ever since their wines did so well in the very first comparative tasting I ever arranged, back in the early 1980s... Jancis Robinson
The principal wine region of Spain producing predominantly red wines, Rioja is centred around the regional capital of Logroño in northern Spain. Named after the Rio (river) Oja, the region is divided into 3 areas: Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. Promoted from DO to DOCA status in 1991, the permitted grape varieties are Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cariñena, Graciano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malvasia and Viura. Tempranillo is the most widely planted variety, although most Riojas are now blended, often with Cariñena. Since the 1990s, most white Riojas are made almost exclusively from Viura.